Red Cross sets up first aid stations for cemetery

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 01:03 p.m.

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) began on Friday establishing first-aid stations in almost 200 cemeteries nationwide as part of its preparations for the observance of All Saints' Day by Filipino families.

In a statement, PRC chairman Richard Gordon disclosed that about 70 Red Cross chapters have been tapped to man the first-aid stations and assist public needing immediate medical attention.

Apple CEO publicly acknowledges that he's gay

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:42 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Apple CEO Tim Cook's declaration that he's "proud to be gay" wasn't exactly news in Silicon Valley, where his sexual orientation was no secret. But advocates say that given Apple's immense reach and visibility, his coming-out could help change attitudes in workplaces across America.

The 53-year-old successor to Steve Jobs made the announcement in an essay published Thursday by Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the highest-profile US business executive to publicly acknowledge that he's gay.

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:39 p.m.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Two Malaysian teenage boys are suing Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father eight months after Flight 370 that was carrying him mysteriously disappeared.

Friday's suit was the first filed by the family member of a passenger aboard the missing jet.

Continuous seismic, volcanic activity in Mayon

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:59 a.m.

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded three volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours in the area around Mayon Volcano in Albay.

The volcano, which exhibited seismic and volcanic activity earlier this year, remains at Alert Level 3, which means that magma is at the crater and that hazardous eruption is possible within weeks.

Plane crashes at Kansas airport, killing 4

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:14 a.m.

WICHITA, Kansas -- A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles (kilometers) around Wichita.

Three of the dead were inside a flight simulator in the building when the plane crashed into it at the city's Mid-Continent Airport, and the fourth was found on the roof and is believed to be the pilot, Wichita Fire Chief Ronald Blackwell said.

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

STOCKHOLM — Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The European Union member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel's nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Palace: Government offices half day on Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:57 p.m.

MALACANANG announced Thursday night that government offices will be on a half day on Friday in preparation for the All Saints' Day.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued Memorandum Circular 73, suspending work in government offices from 12:00 pm onwards on Friday to allow government employees more time to travel to their respective provinces.

Ex-senator Juan Flavier dies

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:12 p.m.

MANILA -- Former senator and Health secretary Juan Flavier succumbed to multiple organ failure brought about by pneumonia Thursday afternoon at National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City. He was 79.

Roby Alampay, Flavier's son-in-law, said the former head of the Department of Health (DOH) was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. while confined at the NKTI Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Senate questions Tiu's unnotarized document on Batangas property

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 06:22 p.m.

MANILA -- Senators slammed businessman Antonio Tiu after submitting a one-page memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the supposed purchase of a 350-hectare property in Rosario Batangas, which is "not notarized."

"Be ready to produce your own story. Review your story and produce the documents that back your story," said Senate blue ribbon subcommittee chair Senator Aquilino Pimentel III who was irked after Antonio Tiu submitted a one-page MOA between Sunchamp Agri-Tourism Park and a certain Laureano Gregorio, the alleged owner of the 350-hectare farm.

DOH on code white alert beginning Friday

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 05:06 p.m.

BEGINNING Friday, all hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) will be placed on Code White Alert.

DOH Acting Secretary Janette Garin said they are already raising the Code White Alert on the eve of the observance of All Saints' Day.

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